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house correspondent, and from cnn money. go big or go home. what is the republican push back? >> reporter: we're going to be finding out very shortly because house speaker john boehner will take to the cameras at 1:30 eastern essentially in the rebuttal to the news conference from the president earlier today. but the push back for republicans has been tax increases. you have republicans who have insisted on no tax increases, and democrats that insisted if there will be spending cuts, to achieve trillions of dollars in deficit savings. they don't want to abandon -- if there are going to be cuts to programs that are huge, they want to be able to say we pushed for sacrifices from wealthy americans and corporations. they are trying to strike kind of a just right agreement. because on one hand, you have a lot of republicans, and many of them who were swept into power in the last election saying we're going to cut spending and make government smaller, so the idea of tax increases, and certainly this is something a lot of them literally pledged they will not do, randi, it would forc
's headlines about the campaign's big haul and tell you why we're a tad underwemed. >> >> dyou got to check the sel date, it's wednesday, july 13th, 2013. i'm chuck todd, an unbelievable hump day, feels like it's forever bigger here in washington, where i begin my first read this morning. it's the beginning of the end game for negotiations on the federal debt. with pessimism building that leerds will produce a deal and avoid default mitch mcconnell proposed plan c, a contingency, what i like to call the hail mary punt. he set the stage on the senate floor with this pretty rough attack on the president. >> after years of discussions and months of negotiations, i have little question that as long as this president is in the oval office a real solution is probably unattainable. >> mr. mcconnell said the day i was elected that his job was to try to see me beat. i'll have to explain how it is that we're going to avoid default because i'm going to be president here for at least another year and a half. >> right after that interview, mcconnell unveiled this plan c. he would hand over to the presid
that would have included up to a trillion dollars in new revenue. it seems like the republicans talk a big game about solving the nation's problem. but they are really only interested in one thing, that's winning back the white house. mitch mcconnell said this on fox news. >> the most important thing we want to achieve is for president obama to be a one-term president. >> that is true. that's my single most important political goal along with every active republican in the country. >> joining me now, is the independent senator from vermont, senator bernie sanders. senator, thank you for being here tonight. how do you explain the republicans unwillingness to compromise to get the big deal that they said they wanted, to put everything on the table. the president said fine now they back down. >> what they said is they would like everything on the table. so long as it means cuts to social security, medicare, medicaid, the needs of our children, and the environment. all of that is on the table. but if you asked billion airs it start paying a little bit more in taxes or if you do away with loop
that tim geithner and his chief economist, gene sperling, and jack lou were making one more big push for the big cuts republicans say they want. if they turn their back on those big cuts, the president is in the strongest position to say they are not living up to their principles. >> and there is no chance of them accepting any kind of big deal at all because the president is insisting that there be tax revenue increases in there. so the president knows that he is pushing something that they absolutely cannot agree to. so at this point, what the president does seem to be doing is what you just said, is making his position appear to be the one who wants to do the big move on deficit reduction, and forcing these republicans to back away from big deficit reduction, thereby, he hopes, neutralizing deficit reduction as an issue against him in the presidential campaign. >> well, look, he's talked about deficit reduction all the way through. but remember, it's not just his position here. it's 2/3 of the american public. we have a slew of polls here saying that 2/3 of the american people wan
's obama that's responsible for this fear in america. >> bill: big time entertainment mogul steve scorches president obama saying that big business fears his administration. but is that true? we'll have analysis. >> no, no, no. oh. things are tight in britain between anti-rupert -- we'll have the latest on that. >> did you ever cheat in school. >> i never cheated on a test but homework. >> yes to be honest. >> john stossel on cheating and charles krauthammer on what happens if sarah palin enters the presidential race. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. captions by closed captioning services >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. does big business fear president obama? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. first of all, i'm not going to report all the minutia surrounding the debt debate. most of it is nonsense and doesn't affect you at all. most in government believe some debt deal will get done. that's speculation if anything concrete happens the factor will report it immediately. even if the debt cei
of the united states of america. and the craziest part -- >> the u.n. wants to spend a big chunk of that money on things that have nothing to do with climate change in third world countries. stuart varney is here to weigh in on this. so where does this come from? where does the money come from and where would they like to see it go? >> where do you want to start on this one? this shows you how totally out of wack the global warming community is with american public opinion. what the u.n. says is this -- we need $1.9 trillion each and every year for 40 years in order to solve the climate problem worldwide and to reduce poverty and hunger worldwide. so they're bringing in poverty and hunger along with climate change. >> it's not all green. it's poverty, hunger and everything else. >> but you cannot eradicate poverty and hunger without going green because if you don't go green, you increase poverty and hunger. you got it? >> so where is this money expected to come from and how much is coming from the united states? >> ok, we contribute 22% of the united nations budget so theoretically, if this
republican presidential candidates have money problems. >> and big money, big problems? >> gop fund-raisers staying on the sidelines. >> for mitt romney it's 70% maxed out contributions. >> is newt aware he's running for president? >> the arrests continue as the british police close in on rupert murdoch's media empire scandal. >> every day we're seeing more inconceivable things happen. >> abandon ship. in the last 24 hours there have been two high level resignations. zo london's top cop. >> rebekah brooks was released on jail. >> rupert murdoch is supposed to face the scandal head on tomorrow. >> all eyes are trained on parliament tomorrow. >> they're cutting short a trip today to south africa. >> when is he going to do the decent thing and resign? >> congress now has 15 days to pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling before the united states government goes into a catastrophic default on august 2nd. today harry reid announced the senate will meet every day until the debt ceiling is raised. yesterday david rogers of politico discovered and reported that house speaker john boehner and
that and in exchange for some minor tweaking of medicare, but nothing that really gives the republicans too big a win on that issue. and they would also argue, to gloria's point earlier, that you actually need this. this is not just a win for democrats, you need it because you need democratic votes to get this through because you're going to lose so many republicans who simply won't vote to extend the debt ceiling under any circumstances. so that's the calculus if you went with the middle deal, there would be an entirely different math for a tax reform package if you went with that larger deal that's more in the $4 trillion range. >> the irony here to me is that a larger deal would in many ways be easier to cut because it's so obvious what you would have to do. if you do a smaller deal, then you have to have eric cantor lay out by piece by piece by piece, cut by cut, by cut, what he would do if you don't have the revenue side of it. >> but to get the bigger deal, you need trust that they would actually then do comprehensive tax reform, rewrite the code so the republicans would make the case we didn't
that she could catch fire. look, when you start this thing, when you win iowa, if you win iowa big, that thing starts rolling through new hampshire and south carolina, it's over in weeks. i agree 100%. >> how was she going in philadelphia suburbs? how is she going to do in the i-4 corridor and in wisconsin? how is she going to do in new mexico, arizona? i would suggest, with swing voters not well at all. >> there's no doubt if you nominate michele bachmann, it's an enormous risk. the only conditions, i think, under which i believe she could win the presidency, if people say, if they did in 1980, i don't care, i'm taking a chance with this guy because what we got we can't stand, you get 9% or 10% unemployment, two more years, this country is ready for a lot of change. more "morning joe" in a moment. with the hotels.com 48-hour sale, the possibilities are endless. interesting... save up to 50% this tuesday and wednesday only. hotels.com. be smart. book smart.  finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not cause
a piece of legislation, so stay tuned. bill: we shall. it will be a big deal come next week. jason chaffetz, thank you, out of utah. martha: another day at the office, really. one group of workers, union workers, just sort of, you know, having a joke, a little smoke, booze, at the lunch hour. you know? the same kind of stuff we do around here, bill. one reporter got up close and personal. this is fascinating. bill: they don't have us on camera, though. martha: thank goodness! bill: team usa, world cup final, sunday at 2:00, what a day this was, abby wombach, she's like a superhero. martha: love her. bill: that header put her one up, team usa will play japan for all the marbles. martha: love it. bill: sunday afternoon. go usa! back in a moment. bill: some stories developing in "america's newsroom", there is new violence erupting in pakistan, gunmen in the streets of karachi, opening fire, leaving seven dead and more than two dozen injured. >>> dozens of suspects connected to the mexican mafia in custody after a huge gang raid in california. the mexican mafia, considered the oldest a
when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest. >> reporter: an afghan official says he was gunned down in his own home, shot in the head and chest by his own guard. the taliban took credit, but it's not clear if the shooter was really working for them. >> the united states condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of president karzai's half brother in kandahar. >> a u.s. official said quote, while we must deal with ahm ahmed wali karzai, he's widely understood to be corrupt and narcotics trafficker. the state department and u.s. military were trying to build trust in the afghan government. they frequently criticized ahmed wali, but the cia worked with him. >> i think often parts of the u.s. government were working at cross purposes where ahmed wali was conce
the world cup final. >> big victory to talk about. >> that's it for us. "cnn newsroom" begins right now with kyra phillips. you have a busy morning. >> we do. a lot to talk about. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. on the west coast. thanks for joining us. >>> the nation's debt crisis. the clock ticks and pressure builds. the president tells the congressional leaders you have 24 hours or less to make something has been. >>> a top murdoch executive resigns this morning. rebekah brooks former head of the disgraced tabloid "news of the world" is gone. >>> in southern california, drivers buckling up for carmagedd carmageddon. a bridge demolition that will close down 405, one of california's busiest highways. >>> we begin with the resignation of a key executive in the rupert murdoch media empire. rebekah brooks is out. many people were outraged when brooks kept her job after the newspaper was shut down for scandalous reporting tactics. and as brooks steps down, the investigations ramp up. the fbi now investigating the murdoch empire right here in the united states. lawmakers dema
-rock and a hard place. the big economic news, the bad economic news i should say is also deadly, deadly for american liberalism. the facts say that massive government spending hasn't worked to stimulate the american economy and that the liberal vision of american economics has failed. most of president obama's economic advisors have left the building, they are gone and there are few replacements and no clear cut plan to improve the economy coming out of the white house. some liberal commentators are bordering on desperate because they know a tax increase will not be forthcoming. >> they are paying the lowest taxes in 50 years. more than 50 years. more than my lifetime and they are still complaining. some aren't. there are good business people who know this game of chicken in particular is deadly and wrong and hostage taking and you shouldn't negotiate with hostage takers. >> i agree it is terrorism. >> bill: republicans have been on a nonstop mission to murder the american dream by protecting only the rich. >> bill: a new poll today has the president's job approval rating at 47%. 52% di
. >> the president goes big, republicans go backwards. >> i have bent over backwards to work with the republicans. >> the one thing he won't accept is a short-term solution. >> boehner's people and republicans on capitol hill say they are ready to eat the peas, but the peas can't have flavor of tax increases. >> speaker boehner is caught between the tea party and catastrophe. >> he basically caved in on saturday night after pressure from eric cantor. >> he has the power in the house. >> what can you tell me about the relationship between speaker boehner and eric cantor? >> senator dick durbin joins me. >> john boehner is along for the ride. >> not all republicans believe the united states will default. >> i will be voting no on increasing the debt ceiling. >> these are ignorant people feeding lies to their constituents. >> dr. evil only asked for $1 million. >> tax pledges aren't the only problem for the republican candidates. >> did two republican hopefuls really sign a pledge suggesting a return to the days of slavery? >> the marriage vow. >> back tracking from controversial pledges of their ow
. there are a lot of breaking details regarding the dates and there could be a big face injected into it as well. we'll tell you about it shortly. big blowup in washington that everybody is talking about. >> clayton in for brian today. good to have you. headlines for you first. there are no leads this morning on who is responsible for a deadly triple bombing in mumbai, india that killed 17 people. the simultaneous bombings in three separate neighborhoods described as a coordinated terror attack. 131 other people are hurt. 23 critically. investigators believe it may be revenge for police pressure on home grown terrorists. this morning, four people are dead after a homicide bomber attacked a memorial service for the half brother of afghanistan president hamid karzai. 15 others were hurt in this attack on a kandahar mosque. wally karzai was assassinated on tuesday. he was shot at close range, apparently by a confidant. the taliban has claimed responsibility for his murder. thousands paid their respects for an 8-year-old boy murdered in his brooklyn, new york, neighborhood. he went missing monday on his
should be spending time to get americans back to work and fixing the economy. there is a big issue coming up with regards to the debt ceiling. president ought to be in washington meeting with republicans, meeting with democrats. he shouldn't leave that town until he has an understanding of what it's going to take to get this economy going again and deal with the fiscal crisis, but he is here raising money for a campaign. doesn't even have a primary opponent. >> gregg: might gop governors rally around mitt romney. he is lashing out at the current president? >> i think that is possibility. i think what you elude to, governors think that those from their ranks make the best president. you have heard a number of governors yet to endorse that idea they would like to see a governor as the nominee. they would like to see a governor as the next president. i think you have to wait a while until the field narrows or some things become a little clearer. at this point i just don't think there is enough reason for the vast majority of the governors to come together and endorse and pick a candidate. >>
big snag. >> this is amazing, the owners say we've ratified a deal. let's play ball and open up the gates on saturday. the players say wait a second, we haven't read the whole thing. how dare you end the longest standout and lockout in this league without our permission? listen. >> we can all work quickly expeditiously and get this agreement done. it's time to get back to football. that's what everybody here wants to do. >> i've never seen anything like that. the players wanted more time to study the last minute changes. they have a lot more players than owners. now they feel a little stand-offish, the delay means camps won't open tomorrow, perhaps and the hall of fame game that is the official launch for the preseason which is the nfl season is canceled. and every week of preseason that is canceled, average loss of $200 million for players and owners. >> big deal. >> can't we all just get along? >> how can you end a fight without the other person's permission? how can you end a stand-off without the other person agreeing? you can't do that! >> speaking of a fight and stand-
is a big question and when we should be jumping to conclusions about. >> giuliani is also a longtime friend of rupert murdoch. >>> now the nation's debt crisis and a new deadline. forget august 2nd. the president says it's decision time now. here is what he told congress. you've got 24 hours or less to move forward on a deal. and then there is this dire message from the big three global credit ratings agencies. if a deal isn't reached soon, they will downgrade the nation's credit standing. the president speaks to the american public today. a news conference less than two hours away from now. 11:00 eastern. we will carry it live. >>> let's get to the white house and dan lothian. what do we expect the president on say come 11:00? >> reporter: well, a senior administration official telling me the president will be explaining to the american people where they really are in this process, what he has asked congressional leaders to do, and how he is still pushing for the biggest deal possible. another white house aide telling me the president will continue in that press conference to make the case
to a default or to a downgrade. suzanne? >> that's a big deal. alison, it's been really hot. really, really hot this summer. what if your favorite drink disappeared from the stores. here's what is happening in minnesota. their budget crisis might actually turn into a beer emergency for some folks. a beer emergency. because the state has shut down and nobody is there to renew the permits and blue moon, you name them, so, you know, that's what they are dealing with there. you might have to switch to buzz wiser. i don't know what you drink. what do you drink? >> i'll go right to the hard stuff. to tequila. >> oh, geez, that's not supposed to be the solution here. go to the hard stuff. we'll see what happens. we will see what happens. but that's just one of the many things that we're looking at when we talk about this economic crisis that is turning into a beer emergency. alison, don't do that hard stuff. >> all right. okay. >>> here's a reminder to vote for the story you'd like to see. you can cast your vote by texting 22360. text 1 for crack down on china, homemade guns flooding on to the streets
warned failing to reach a deal would be catastrophic. >> we need to do something very big, very substantial to bring our long-term deficits down. >> arizona congressman is the co-chairman of the house progressive kau sus. thanks for joining us today. i want to play a little bit more sound from the president during his news conference and i want to get your thoughts. >> thank you. >> i do not see a path to a deal if they don't budge, period. if the basic proposition is it's my way or the highway, then we're probably not going to get something done because we've got divided government. >> how did he do? is the president digging in his heels? who do you think will blink first? >> i hope that essential programs that democratics have been supporting that we feel have been the only things that have been talked about, social security, medicare, medicaid that i hope he does dig in his heels. there has to be revenue generation. the tax policies of the republicans have got us into this mess, into this debt there is no job creation going on regardless of those tax cuts. we need jobs that's
with fake documents to get real passports and then come to the u.s. and a big part of the problem is that countries aren't sharing information with each other. part of this government accountability office report says "even when countries have terrorist screening information, they may not have reciprocal relationships to share such information or other traveler information such as passenger airline lists with other countries to limit the ability of preventing travel of known or suspected terrorists." even though a passport can't kill someone, it can help a bad guy get in position to do some serious damage. >> travel documents are the same as weapons to terrorists. they can't carry out their plots without them. with our partners, and again, some of that is out of our control. we're closer to a c. >> and this gao report deals heavily with the breakdown, basically in communication with other countries. here at home, though, we are not perfect because since november 2001, just a few weeks after 9/11, there have been 25,000 security breaches at u.s. airports. that's about seven a day a
amendment rights. >> a big part of it is how well you're doing it. i did a survey and i asked people who are voters whether they watch fox news or not and i found that 67% of republicans watch fox news several times a week or more. that you knew. but 54% of independents watched it several times a week or more. and 21% of democrats watched it several times a week or more. so there really is an effort here to try to demonize a source of information. and, you know, you guys don't make this stuff up. the stuff you're reporting is stuff that's happening. you know, pugh research did a study during the last campaign that as far as i'm concerned is definitive. they looked at the fox news stuff. not like we're doing now which is opinion. but the news part. the 6:00 and 7:00 news broadcast. and they did the number of seconds that were devoted to positive and negative coverage of each candidate. and the only network that came close to parody between positive and negative on obama and on mccain was fox news. the others were skewed four and five to 1 negative on mccain and positive on obama. >> spea
's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling? >> well, because i haven't been in government in a long time, i don't know what options the treasury department will have if the debt kreceiling is not lift. my guess is they can pay the bills for a while, after which they won't be able to. so if we let that deadline come and go and we really raise questions about when or political system is mature enough even to pay its bills, i think it's trouble. i realize the idea of voting against raising the debt ceiling has always had great appeal to people. even in good times, a bunch of people vote against raising it because it looks like a free vote. >> when he was senator, president obama didn't vote to raise the debt ceiling. he regrets it now. >> but, you know, when you're not president and you think the vote's there, seems like a freebie and y
political update in the next hour. go to cnn.com/politics. >>> japan not a big soccer country. its women's world cup win is huge and happy news there today. their team out-shot the u.s. yesterday. and zain verjee was there, still is there live in frank further. i know we were rooting for the u.s., zain. that was very important to us, but, hey, it couldn't happen to a better team. they needed this for morale. that is for sure. >> reporter: they really did, you know. japan came into this tournament as the big underdogs. nobody expected them to even get to the finals, let alone beat the u.s. they also knocked out sweden. they knocked out germany and it was just absolutely incredible. when they started the match, everyone was saying they have more skill, better possession of the ball, know how to control and pass it. the americans really did a good job, too. it seems the japanese were a little nervous to start off with. the u.s. had possession. they were aggressive. they came hard out of the gate. they were very unlucky. they had a lot of opportunities and just kept missing. just the mistake
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save hundreds! yeah, that'll certainly stick with me. we'll take it. go, big money! i mean, go. it's your break, honey. same coverage, more savings. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> 15 days until the treasury says it will run out money. a tea party leader says don't raise the debt seeing and he says president obama is lying about the consequences if we don't. "keeping them honest" about what many republicans believe is central to solving the long-term problem. a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. they vote on "cup, cap and balance." cutting spending to 2004 levels and caps it and freezes it right there and calls for a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. >> all that we ask in this bill is that we simply allow the states to weigh in, should the federal government live under a balanced budget amendment. should they do that? >> i don't understand why people won't vote for the a balanced budget amendment because it's the only discipline that will ever force the politics of washington to meet the responsibilities of washington. >> let's do somethi
our military is too big. by the way, people call it this military, hands off. it's not military. it's defense contractors, welfare for people who make weapons that we don't need. most of our weaponry is ridiculous. it's for fighting the russians in 1978. we don't need that. what would make this country stronger is economics. that's where the future is. that's what makes a country strong. if you're not strong economically, you're not going to be- >> that's where america is increasingly weak by comparison. >> this is one reason. we could solve this debt deficit problem if we do two simple things. tax the rich like they were taxed, not a hell of a lot more, just like under clinton. and bring the troops home. not just from iraq and afghanistan but we have a half a million troops on bases. >> how many do chinese have? >> none, i don't think. >> may have hardly anything, they have no imperialistic ambition. >> this is not the way you achieve it in this world. not the 14th century. >> i was in shanghai. this dinism you felt. this young millionaire, 125,000 millionaires in shanghai. he said
's been called a heat dome. we'll tell you where that is, it sits over a big portion of the country. stay cool. >> i'm hot and sweaty. >> it's like sitting in a sauna all day long. >> hot and tired. it makes you, you know, lose your energy quick. [ male annocer ] things seem better with travelocity's best price guarantee. our girl's an architect. our boy's a genius. we are awesome parents! biddly-boop. [ male announcer ] if you find a lower rate on a room you've booked, we won't just match it. we'll give you $50 towards your next trip. [ gnome ] it's go time. patti ann: minnesota's state government is back in business. democratic governor mark dayton signing a budget deal ending the neigh's longest state government shutdown in a decade. >> it destroyed minnesota's reservist standing for a state of responsible government and a balanced government and one that's not going to be hijacked by the tea party intransigence. patti ann: republicans have stood their ground on not raising taxes, but minnesota's budget deal relies on borrowing, so leaders on both sides of the isle concede -- aisle con
ceiling, pay its bills based on big-ticket items. that would be interest on the debt. social security, medicare and medicaid, defense spenders. more than $30 billion. unemployment insurance. what you'd get under the big-ticket scenario is a drawing off the line. that's your $172 billion. the government is out of money if you don't increase the debt ceiling. what gets cut? military pay. wouldn't get their checks under this scenario. veterans checks, irs refund. if you're waiting for one you wouldn't get it. nutrition services, foods stamps, wouldn't get paid. federal salaries, education department, other and you heard him mention foreign aid to the palestinians. you have to make the choices and cut it off right here. that's one way. suppose you decided instead we'll put a priority on the social safety net. under this scenario, interest gets paid, social security gets paid, medicare and medicaid and those nutrition services that got cut off last time, you could pay them. housing grants would go out. veterans affairs, unemployment, education and tuition assistance. but under this set of
was in favor of doing the big deal, i was in favor of the $4 trillion in deficit reduction, but the republicans refused because they wanted to protect tax breaks for corporate jets and tax breaks for hedge fund operators and wall street billionaires and i bent over backwards. he says that all the time, i bent over backwards, but they wouldn't do it. they kept insisting on ending medicare as we know it and cutting social security. there is so much more to come in the debt ceiling drama, but as of tonight, the republicans are coming increasingly close to giving the president everything he really wants in this crisis and everything he really needs to be able to say in his reelection campaign next year. joining me now is former governor howard dean, former chair of the democratic national committee and a cnbc contributor. thanks for joining me tonight, governor. >> lawrence, thanks for having me on. >> you know, when this crisis started and we started hearing tea party people saying forget it, let the nation default, i really saw no root to how the president could even get to where he is tonight. i
tonight, the house speaker john boehner i'm told is telling president obama he's open to discussing a big deficit reduction package, somewhere in the ballpark of $3 trillion over ten years. but first, though, speaker boehner said it's imperative that his members telling him the senate vote first on the house plan, cut, cap, and balance, if it fail fails, then look for th negotiations to continue. >>> key elements of the republican establishment are trying to nudge the hard line conservatives to a compromise. defaulting on our debt is not an option. it has real, immediate, and potentially catastrophic consequences. the ratings agency standard and poor's sent a team to capitol hill saying not raising the debt ceiling would stain america's credit rating and drive up interest costs for everyone. many house conservatives, though, aren't ready to give up and some of them won't budge. they say if there's any new taxes in this deal at the end, they would rather have the first default in american history. >>> in our new cnn/orc poll gives us a fresh sense of what you think. 34% of americans say an
company called two men with big hearts moving and storage. but he fell behind in his bills to this company. this storage company because of medical bills that had piled up for him. >> so he just passed away and the family is trying to figure out what they're going to do at the funeral and what they would like to do is get a hold of some of his military stuff, including his two purple hearts but the problem is that particular company is owed by the family $600. the family went over and talked to them and they knocked it down to $500. but nonetheless, they would like to have the stuff for the funeral next tuesday but they got to come up with $500. here's the son of the veteran. >> he was a very patriotic person. >> dad wanted to go out in a blaze of glory. that was on the back of the fire truck. something we want to give for dad. that was one of his last requests. >> he had it for five years. it would be thousands of dollars. don kennedy owns the company so he's not going to release the stuff as of right now unless they pay the $500 which is just -- they just want to get the -- they want t
. our country is not succeeding because our military is too big. people call it the military and then it's hands off. it's not military. it's defense contractors. most of our weaponry is ridiculous. it's not -- it's for fighting the russians in 1978. we don't need that. what would make this country stronger is economics. that's where the future is. that's what makes a country strong. if you're not strong economically you are not -- >> piers: that's where america is increasingly weak. >> this is one reason. we could solve this debt deficit problem if we would do two simple things. tax the rich like they used to be taxed. not a hell of a lot more, just like they were under clinton and bring the troops home. not just from iraq and afghanistan, but we have half a million troops in bases across the world. >> piers: how many do the chinese have? >> none. they don't have troops. because they know this is not the way you achieve agemny in this world. >> piers: i did a documentary in shanghai recently. fascinating time to be out there. this dynamism that you felt along the city. one frosting youn
this is not a big deal? $800 million of aids has been suspended. >> both sides are working together on a number of things and pakistan is not happy with the pace of delivery of assistance. americans are not happy with the pace of delivery of certain deliverables from pakistan. it happens sometimes. right now because pakistan is a fledgling democracy and everything that happens there hits the media and there's an american domestic political context in which everything becomes an issue because of the way people react to your administration. this has become -- >> the reaction in pakistan to the u.s. decision to suspend at least for now $800 million in promised aid, a spokesman for the pakistani military saying in the past, we have not been dependent -- we have not been dependent on any external support for these operations. and they will. >> in 1999 there was no aid relationship. even though the u.s. and pakistan continued to work together albeit in a limited manner. it's not a good idea. it insults the people of pakistan. >> $800 million is a lot of money that can be used to build schools here in
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